Posts Tagged ‘Cards’

3D Peony Sympathy Cards

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Hello and Happy Wednesday, Nancy F on the blog sharing a set of cards I created out of necessity due to a family member passing away not too long ago.

I am featuring the Crafters Companion Peony Trio 3D embossing folder, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays and Nuvo mouse along with some extras polishes from my stash. 

With all the cards I make over the year you would think I would have had something in my stash, but alas I did not and so I needed something quick and simple yet elegant and thus my cards were born. I hope you like and find some inspiration. 

How I came up with this design was really a “happy accident” as Bob Ross would say. I wanted to figure out a way to make the 3D image stand out and get my colouring done in a quick and simple way.

What better way to add color then with distress inks. Since I have been on an oxide spray kick as of late, I thought hey why not continue with the theme and try them with the embossing folder, so that’s what I did.

I pulled out some cardstock from my stash in both black and white, and cut it down to fit in the embossing folder. I sprayed the folder directly with the oxide ink and then I ran it through and the end results were very cool.

Some I did just with the oxide spray and some of the panels I would add spritzes of water as well, just to see what kind of effect I would get. The look was so cool in fact that I went on to make about 20 or so different backgrounds with both oxide sprays and mica sprays. Stay tuned, as you will see these later in other blog post.

Once all my backgrounds were completely dry it was time to play around with different products from my stash that sadly aren’t carried in the store but I have linked to something very similar.

I used Opal Gilding Polish, Nuvo Mouses, and Prima Mattalique waxes to bring out the flowers on the backgrounds. I applied all of this with just my fingers which allowed for more control over the different products. For finishing touches, I pulled out my trusty black soot distress ink and went over all the details gently just to bring out the flowers even more.

For the cards itself, each measured differently as I would trim them down to different sizes to make up for certain little blunders, so this time I won’t be adding in the measurements. I do apologize.

The sentiment I decided to use was from the Deepest Sympathy set from My Favorite Things. I used Archival ink as I stamped them onto vellum. I heat set each of the sentiment strips with my heat tool so I would not smudge the ink. I have had issues with stamping on vellum as I am always in a rush and forget to heat set.

To assemble the cards I wrapped the vellum sentiments around the floral image, taping into place on the back. I then added fun foam to the back of the panel and adhered it onto the black layer, and flat onto the card. I kept it very simple this time around as I really wanted the focus on the main images.

I am sorry if this is a bit rushed, both kids are sick, whiny and clingy, which means this mama is on very little sleep and a lot of caffeine and crashing slowly. I hope you were inspired I really love this embossing folder and have some other fun cards in the works for you. Stay tuned,

Have a wonderful week

Nancy F

Tuesday with Tara {take 216} Without Coffee

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday with Tara! Today is the day a lot of kids & teachers are officially back in the swing of things with a new school year! I thought some more rainbows & coffee would be in order to help you get through the day! I’m sharing another fun rainbow card with the Coffee Understands stamp set by Picket Fence Studios, this one questions what we would do without coffee. As you can see by the sentiment, it’s probably best that we don’t find out the answer! ha!

Coffee Understands by Picket Fence Studios: Without Coffee

Simple Design.

There is something about this stamp image that makes me want to keep my card fairly simple. I love how long & lean she is (total opposite of me!). It looks like she’s got her priorities straight, coffee in one hand, ready to take on the world (or a classroom, at least)!

Bold & Colorful.

Just because a card is simple does not mean it can’t be bold & colorful! I paired bold black & white with a colorful rainbow panel I inked up with a variety of Distress Oxide Inks. The colors blend together so nicely and it ends up looking like I used a wider variety of colors than I actually did! Curiosity got me wondering what would happen if I stamped with a watermark ink pad over my inked rainbow… and I was pleased with how it came out! (I used Versamark, but I’m guessing this Gina K Embossing & Watermark Ink would work just as well!)

Coffee Understands by Picket Fence Studios: Distress Oxide Rainbow


As I mentioned earlier, I tried to keep this card pretty simple. The stitched details from the edge die (by MFT) are repeated on the white card front and the black strip beside it. I stamped with bold black ink and repeated the sentiment in watermark on the rainbow panel. A single cup design from the stamp set was also repeated to fill in the gaps. Then I chose a few colors from the rainbow to brighten up my stamped image. Repeating details like the stamp images and colors kept the design feeling simple.

I hope you like my happy rainbow, and that you have no reason to find out what your day, week or year will be like without coffee!

Inky hugs,


Easy Alcohol Pearl Backgrounds

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Hi stamping friends and welcome back. It’s Sandi here and today I’m sharing how I created these fast and fun Alcohol Pearls Backgrounds for my cards.

Tim Holtz introduced the new Ranger Alcohol Pearls back in January at Creativation 2019. There are 12 glorious colors to choose from and after you see my video and how much fun and easy these are, I’m sure you are going to want to play too.

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds for Scrap 'N Stamp

Yes, they are similar to using the Mixative with the regular Alcohol inks, but the difference is, the pearlization is blended right into the ink, wherein with the Mixative, it is added on top and creates a white sheen on the paper. With the pearls, you get a beautiful true color with a pearlized finish on it.

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds for Scrap 'N Stamp

I shared a video below so I’m not going to go into too much detail. The colors for the first card are Tranquil and Sublime and what I call the “blotchy” technique where you can use the Alcohol Ink Mini Applications to spread the ink around on the Yupo Paper and blotch it out by adding more ink and blending solution.

I’ve also used the beautiful My Favorite Things “Flowers In Bloom” Stamps and Die set for today’s projects, LOVE water colouring these flowers and today’s are done with the Gansai Tambi watercolours. You could also use water pan sets, watercolour pencils/crayons, Tonic Shimmers, Ken Oliver Colour Bursts, DWM Scribble Sticks, Zig Markers, Tombow Markers or Distress Inks, the list is endless.

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds for Scrap 'N Stamp

Card #2 uses Enchanted and Deception colors blended together on the left and the yellow Alchemy on the right – they are FABULOUS together.
I black heat embossed the flower images onto my watercolor paper to help control the paints and provide a nice deep black outline to make them pop from my backgrounds.

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds for Scrap 'N Stamp

For card #3 I used Mineral and Smolder with LOTS of blending solution to create the run technique or as I like to call it the “waterfall” technique – it’s my fav!

Here’s the short video I created to show you how I like to play with these inks. You can watch it here or over on my YouTube Channel in H.D.

Thanks so much for stopping in today. I have shared the links below for the supplies I used to create today’s cards, Click to visit the Scrap ‘N Stamp Store to order your Alcohol Pearls and some Yupo paper and have some fun with them.

Card Cuts:

Gina K Thick White 4-1/4 x 11, score and fold at 5-1/2

Yupo Paper Alcohol background cut down to 3-1/4 x 4

Ranger Watercolor Paper (flowers) 4 x 5-1/4 – watercolor and die cut

Gina K Black Onyx card stock 1 x 1-1/2 – white heat emboss sentiment

Until next time, Happy Stamping

Tim Holtz – Alcohol Pearls – Kit 4
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Tim Holtz – Alcohol Pearls – Kit 3
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Tim Holtz – Alcohol Pearls – Kit 2
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Tim Holtz – Alcohol Pearls – Kit 1
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Tim Holtz – Alcohol Pearls – Bundle
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Alcohol Ink – Blending Solution
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MFT – Clear Stamp – Flowers in Bloom
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MFT – Dies – Flowers in Bloom
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WOW – Puff Embossing Powder – Regular…
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VersaMark – Ink Pad
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Perfect Crafting Pouch (Small)
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Alcohol Ink – Applicator Tool W/Felt
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American Crafts -Tools – Heat Tool
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Tim Holtz – Glass Media Mat
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Thermoweb – Foam Tape – White
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Zig – Gansai Tambi – 12 Colour Set
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Tim Holtz – Yupo Paper – White
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Gina K Designs – Cardstock – Black Onyx
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Gina K Designs – Cardstock – White Heavy
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